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It’s a lot easier to preach accountability than to practice it.
Accountability is, if not a magic solution to everything, certainly a solution to many things. Business books are full of examples of companies that hit serious difficulties because people refused to take the steps to accountability.
People don’t see what they don’t want to see and miss the cues in the early stages, leading to million dollar fiascos later on.
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